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Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 49% The Glass Castle (2017) There are heart-tugging moments in The Glass Castle, but Walls's bestselling memoir needed to be roughed up and aired out. For it to match up to the book, the movie needed the glass to be smashed, not every shard treasured.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) Reteaming Bigelow and Boal, Detroit lacks the clarity of their previous collaborations but the ambitious period drama maintains their power to disturb, and question what it is to be an American. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5/4 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Can a woman step into James Bond's shoes? Duh, says Charlize Theron as she performs the cold-as-ice secret agent shtick backwards, and in red patent-leather stilettos, in the engaging spy-vs-spy thriller Atomic Blonde.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
2.5/4 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A ripe visual adventure of limitless imagination hamstrung by an undercooked plot propelled by lackluster heroes.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 83% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Catherine Deneuve is a force of nature, open and undone, working in the open-a-vein honesty of Gena Rowlands in A Woman under the Influence or Gloria.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
1/4 18% Wish Upon (2017) A bland B-movie that begs the question: How did this get made when so many good films never escape development purgatory?‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 99% City of Ghosts (2017) City of Ghosts gains its power from highlighting the rape of Raqqa as told by ordinary men who risked everything to share this news story.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/4 94% Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright's crackling crime caper rises to the top of this summer's most entertaining movies. It satisfies my need for speed, baby.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/4 87% Maudie (2017) Aisling Walsh's shimmering drama hands Sally Hawkins an Oscar-worthy role in an emotional and inspirational biopic about art, love and this cruel beautiful world of ours.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Formulaic feminism makes for a rough watch in this chick retread of The Hangover. For this we got liberated?‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 16% The Mummy (2017) You only have to watch the trailer to know that Producer-Director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of Brendan Fraser's once-charming mummy movies is full of embalming fluid.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 83% Megan Leavey (2017) With a female-directed, female-driven film this small, criticizing it feels like beating a baby seal. While well intentioned, the human-and-dog interest story lacks narrative drive and star Kate Mara is a limp noodle. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman embraces issues of female power and the need to turn from hate to love, war to peace in a mainstream delivery system. And the female lead is not solely a mother, sister, girlfriend or hooker, however gold her heart: wonder of wonders! ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2.5/4 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Peel away the big budget genre film's veneer of Western Civ for Dummies (Michelangelo, Wagner, Byron and Shelley) and what you have is rather conventional Lego blocks of sci-fi horror. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 96% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) This slender yet dense biopic deserves praise for how it reanimates the author, not what it inevitably leaves out; it's so difficult to capture and condense the past in all its flickering iridescence as Zweig once did.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3.5/4 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The reunion of the Guardians cements Pratt's mega-stardom. He has a shaggy young Kurt Russell vibe (think Big Trouble in Little China,). And Russell himself is a great addition to the ensemble, providing a dose of kick-back, kick-ass action‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 51% The Dinner (2017) Coogan's dramatic performance is unmatched: raw, intense, satiric, self-immolating. There is not a moment when he is not being frighteningly honest, searching out the mortifying nooks and crannies of his often petty character and exposing them. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 17% The Circle (2017) Director Ponsoldt excels directing women (think Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smash). The Circle is a female-driven story set in a male-dominated industry with Emma Watson presenting a layered performance in a believable American vernacular. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/4 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) What's missing, besides narrative drive, is the existential angst at the anime's heart: the titular ghost in the shell is the soul, the humanity, resident in the surviving human brain planted in an electric Barbie Doll.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/4 90% Raw (2017) Julia Ducournau's good girl coming-of-rage story succeeds as a raw portrait of a complicated, contradictory fully-realized contemporary young woman that invokes early Cronenberg body horror.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 99% Get Out (2017) Following Oscar's pomp and self-importance, viewing Jordan Peele's fiercely entertaining thriller offers the perfect awards hangover cure. Audiences leave the theater shaken and stirred.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/5 7% Rings (2017) In the end Rings didn't make me want to drink Drano. It had enough distractions but that's a low bar for a horror movie that includes D'Onofrio and Galecki, who could run rings around the rest of the cast given better material.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/4 35% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Jovovich has found her niche as the Brunhilde of movies, the shield maiden, the strong and vigilant Valkyrie who doesn't need a man to save the world until the next apocalypse. ‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/4 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The moment the bearded leading man states his luck is about to turn, the audience realizes NO, IT'S NOT. It's the intellectual foreign-language equivalent of the horror trope: don't open that door! And, yet, open it he must...‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity's potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art.‐ New York Observer
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) To watch Ramirez and DeNiro spar in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone -- the story of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran and his aging American trainer Ray Arcel -- is to revel in two nimble performers striking with power and clarity.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The material could have used a full-out comedic plot in the P. G. Wodehouse vein or something slyly sophisticated like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Instead it gets lost in the shallows -- along with Streep's Oscar chances.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) "Weiner" emerges as the political film for this election cycle, the tragicomedy we deserve. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 30% Criminal (2016) Orange is the new black for Kevin Costner in Ariel Vroman's crazy sci-fi espionage actioner, a star vehicle that fast and furiously leaps from action set piece to action set piece in an obvious effort to avoid the giant plot holes imperiling the story.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Fey's female-driven comedy, written and directed by men, follows the tradition perfected by Evelyn Waugh in his 1938 novel Scoop. While his fish outta water story is hysterically funny and enduring; the forgettable WTF only delivers an occasional chuckle.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/4 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Joyous chaos is what the Coen Brothers harness in their generous-spirited wet kiss to the industry they continue to master and remake. Bliss!‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/4 94% Carol (2015) The notion that true love is a physical, emotional and spiritual bond between two individuals (whatever their sex) forms the powerful theme of a film that glistens from every pore, including those of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 73% The Keeping Room (2015) The home invasion thriller occasionally clashes with the period damsels drama-a bit more breathless, a little less breathy? And, yet, the feminist Civil War film remains a fascinating historical tale unfolding on fertile ground.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/4 94% Sicario (2015) Denis Villeneuve's Sicario is a slick, simplistic view of the War on Drugs propelled by great perfs from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin and balletic violent set pieces. I wanted "Traffic," I got movie crack.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/4 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Lithe and serious Alicia Vikander stars in the gossamer-and-gritty, female-driven WW1 period drama. Adding in "Game of Thrones" Kit Harrington gives this PBS-style drama added John Snow oomph.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Tomorrowland is "Spy Kids" in space. Which turns out not be a bad thing although it may come as a surprise to those who have watched George Clooney do the P.R. rounds, hefting his epic charm as if it were Thor's hammer. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted May 23, 2015
3.5/4 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Tom Hardy is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. Well, OK, maybe one more time in George Miller's furious adrenaline pill that's true to the movie's kick-ass roots. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
3/4 73% Welcome to Me (2015) In the burnt-toast black Sundance comedy, Kristen Wiig goes dark and bipolar without losing her shield of likeability. It's a superpower to be marveled at, like the ability to carry on a long conversation without looking at one's mobile device.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
3.5/4 55% Woman in Gold (2015) Helen Mirren has become like Meryl Streep: nearly every time she has a leading role a little alarm goes off that signals Oscar gold. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
3/4 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) If there is such a thing as a warm-bath movie, The Second Best Marigold Hotel defines it. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy just get better with age in a mild comedy that celebrates life to the very end. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Darkly, edgily funny, the mockumentary about four nocturnal, bloodsucking flat-mates in Wellington, New Zealand reduced me to a quivering laugh zombie. It's MTV's Real World meets Hammer Horror with a nod to Christopher Guest. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
1.5/4 24% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) The biggest disappointment for those non-readers of the book is the feeling of is-that-all-there-is? A bit of rope, some hanging around, six smacks - it's tame enough to make Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones smirk.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/4 89% Mommy (2015) Like the bastard child of John Cassavetes and Ingmar Bergman, prolific French Canadian film director Xavier Dolan has made an exhilarating, intimate family drama that digs deep and plays dirty.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
1/4 34% Blackhat (2015) Even if you love Michael Mann, and lust for Chris Hemsworth, this deep January technothriller does not compute. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2015
4/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) If you're concerned about the disappearance of ethics in the workplace, 'Two Days, One Night' is among the year's most important films. If you're unconcerned, wake up and absorb Marion Cotillard's powerful performance. One of 2014's top ten.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2014
4/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, as directed by Rob Marshall, from James Lapine's screenplay, is movie musical bliss - better than Marshall's Oscar-winning Chicago and so much better than his miscast, misbegotten Nine.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
3.5/4 97% Mr. Turner (2014) Timothy Spall grunts, gurgles and sputters playing J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh's magnificent biopic. The round-faced British character actor continues to seize awards for his crass-yet-compelling portrait of an artist as a wheezy old lout. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2014
3.5/4 86% Top Five (2014) Multi-hyphenate Chris Rock kills in the hilarious account of a stand-up comic turned movie star that wants to be taken seriously. ‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) This dark-and-dour installment suffers from saga sag, which is the effort of the Hollywood studios to stretch a stirring girl power series with a monster fan-base beyond reasonable limits for the sake of lucre.‐ ZEALnyc
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
4/4 81% The Homesman (2014) Director/Star Tommy Lee Jones confounds, making brilliant American cinema on the back of the blockbuster dime from Men in Black, the Fugitive -- and Ameriprise ads. Hilary Swank goes spare and true paired with Rodrigo Prieto's restrained camerawork.‐ thelmadams.com
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014